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SHIFT CYCLING CULTURE is proud to launch the Climate Commitment in collaboration with a dedicated group of CEOs, leading some of the largest companies in the cycling industry.
 
This Letter from CEOs to the industry is an urgent appeal to acknowledge the industry's responsibility in reaching the UN Paris Agreement targets on Climate Change, and to do so collectively. 

Dear cycling industry colleagues,

 

As a group of business leaders from across the cycling industry, we have become acutely aware that climate change is not only a future risk, but a current one, which is accelerating before our eyes.

 

We are proud that cycling plays an important part in decarbonising our world, by enabling people to ride their bikes, enjoy the outdoors and make cities more liveable by taking cars off the streets. At the same time, the way in which we in the cycling industry make and sell products is also contributing to the problem.

 

We need to change this, but we can’t do it on our own, which is why we’re making an urgent appeal to you, our partners and competitors across the wider industry.

 

Why this initiative
Shift Cycling Culture brought us together in a leadership forum to discuss our business’ roles in tackling climate change. During this process we have woken up to the fact that it is not just our business we need to change and that in order to contribute to the UN global goals on Climate Change, we will need to speed up our efforts collectively as an industry.


How the collective cycling industry can play a part
In 2015, 195 countries signed the UN Paris Agreement, in which they committed to keep global warming below the critical level of 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, Greenhouse Gas emissions have to be reduced by 55% by 2030, and 100% no later than 2050. 


To reach this target also in the cycling industry, we need the entire supply chain to be involved. The biggest part of the environmental impact of our products arises from production; 50-80% of the carbon emissions take place when we extract, source and produce materials and parts. We operate in a linear economy that doesn't place value on the recirculation of materials, and too often, our customers are left with incompatible and redundant parts and products.


We recognise the enormity of the challenge of meeting the UN Paris Agreements’ targets, and we will only be able to do so  if we innovate together to: 

  • Reduce emissions related to production

  • Create products that will last longer

  • Work with customers on maintenance and lifetime extension

  • Develop a closed loop system to recover materials


Our commitment

1 // Report: We will disclose our own company’s carbon impacts by measuring our Scope 1 & 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, in accordance with the GHG Protocol, by 2023 (latest) and will continue to do so on an annual basis

2 // Reduce: We will disclose our plans to reduce our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (against a baseline of no earlier than 2015)

This is just a start
We recognise that these are just the initial steps of a long journey, and that many of us in our industry have already begun to take them. However, we believe these initial steps are essential and urgent for us all, and that if every company within the cycling industry takes them, then the cumulative impact would be enormous.
 

Please join us
This letter is a call to action for ourselves and for you as our colleagues. We invite you to join us on this journey and commit to transformative change in our industry.


Please join us by signing the Climate Commitment, as a first step
towards becoming a net-zero industry.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Derek Bouchard-Hall                 CEO, Assos of Switzerland
David Zurcher                             CEO, BMC Switzerland AG
Will Butler-Adams OBE              CEO, Brompton
Wade Wallace                              Founder, CyclingTips
Peter Woods                                CEO, Dorel Sports Group
Jayu Yang                                      CEO Haro Bikes USA
Thomas Spengler                        MD, Internetstores Holding GmbH
Simon Mottram                           Founder & CEO, Rapha
Dr. Sandra Wolf                           CEO, Riese & Müller GmbH
Thorsten Heckrath-Rose            Managing Director, ROSE Bikes GmbH
Frank Bohle                                  President & CEO, Schwalbe
Barbara Bigolin                           CEO, Selle Royal Group
Mike Sinyard                                Founder & CEO, Specialized Bicycle Components
Stijn Vriends                                 President & CEO, Vittoria S.p.A. 

 

 

Companies and organisations committed since November 1st:
 

Brands

Ken Lousberg                               CEO, SRAM Bicycle Components
Antje von Dewitz                          CEO, Vaude Sport GmbH & Co. KG
Johannes Biechele                       CEO & Founder, Fazua GmbH
Michael Lin                                    CEO, Pacific Cycles, Inc.
Hugo Davidson                             CEO, Knog Pty Ltd.
Jerry & Shelley Lawson                Co-founders, Frog Bikes

Tim Bundegaard-Goodall           CEO, Islabikes
Andy Smallwood                          CEO, Ribble Cycles

Ardo Kaurit                                    CEO & Co-founder, Ampler Bikes

Oliver Pepper                                Founder, Morvélo

Staffan Widell                               CEO & Founder, Ass Savers AB
Stefan Schott                                CEO & Founder, 8bar bikes

Jasper Ockeloen                           CEO & Founder, Sockeloen

Ben Gaby                                       Founder & CEO, RideGuard c/o Jabeda Ltd.
Rob Webbon                                 CEO, Presca Ltd

 

Manufacturers / Distributors

Armando Levy,                             CEO & Founder, Rodi & Triangles

Jesper Lundqvist                          CEO & Founder, Promovec

Tom Segunda                               Senior Manager, SR SunTour

Jimmy Seear                                 Co-founder, CSS Composites

Thomas Ramge & Marco Wolf   CEO, UPL Service GmbH

João Miranda                                CEO, Miranda & Irmão, Lda

 

Retailers

Chase Wreyford                           Founder, Repack Bike Shop

Andy Carr                                     CEO & Founder, Spoon Group Ltd
Craig Goff-Cooper                       Founder, Ride Electric   

Other

Hugo Davidson                           CEO & Co-founder, Outside Inc.   
Mark Sutton                                 Founding Editor, CyclingIndustry.News

Joko Vogel & Olivier Senn          Co-CEO & Founder, Cycling Unlimited/Tour de Suisse    

Jon Woodroof                              Owner & Founder, Twotone Consulting BV

Alessandro Ferrio                       Founder, We Bike Italy

About Shift Cycling Culture
Shift Cycling Culture is a global movement with the mission to drive systemic change in the cycling industry and wider community to create a sustainable future for our sport and the places we love to ride. 

 

We love where we ride. Let’s act accordingly.

Please note signatories are required to be on CEO level

Founding signatories

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Derek Bouchard-Hall,
CEO Assos of Switzerland

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David Zurcher,
CEO BMC Switzerland AG

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Will Butler-Adams OBE, CEO Brompton

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Peter Woods,
CEO Dorel Sports

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Jayu Yang,
CEO Haro Bikes USA

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Thomas Spengler, MD Internetstores Holding 

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Wade Wallace,
Founder CyclingTips

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Simon Mottram,
Founder & CEO, Rapha

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Dr. Sandra Wolf,
CEO Riese & Müller GmbH

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Thorsten Heckrath-Rose, MD ROSE Bikes GmbH

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Frank Bohle,
President & CEO Schwalbe

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Barbara Bigolin,
CEO Selle Royal Group

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Mike Sinyard, Founder
& CEO, Specialized Bicycle Components

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Stijn Vriends, President
& CEO, Vittoria S.p.A.

To motivate as many companies in the cycling industry to commit to the Letter, we encourage both companies and individuals to share the Climate Commitment with their network.

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